The holiday season is upon us and the festivities are about to begin! Whether you’re a social butterfly or a wallflower, we all have that Christmas party or two that we have to attend and no one wants to go down as the person everyone wants to banish from the festive fun.
From the family reunion to the holiday rave –- our good guest guide will help you survive the extravaganza and keep you off the naughty list.
– Be On Time: Is it a casual holiday fete or a more intimate shindig? With bigger gatherings, your presence may not be heavily missed, however, if it’s a relatively small group don’t be like Tardy Tara. Your host went to a lot of effort to prepare everything on time, so it wouldn’t hurt to show up on time as well. Especially if you received scheduled activities, try your best to participate instead of being a Party Pooping Pete, a very close cousin to Tardy Tara.
– RSVP: Even before the party, it always helps to RSVP in a timely manner, whether it’s a small or large party so that your host can plan accordingly. It sucks seeing guests unhappy or uncomfortable when there isn’t enough seating or they miss out on the food and drinks. If RSVP’s aren’t requested, it’s still always polite to try and let your host know if you can or can’t attend.
– Don’t Walk Empty Handed: Don’t be that person that shows up to a party empty-handed, forgets to bring a present for Secret Santa or just gets something cheap and lame. This will guarantee you a stocking filled with coal for next year and a permanent label as a “Stingy Sal.” It’s customary to bring the host a small gift such as wine, household items or even gift cards.
– Gifting on a Budget: If you’re part of a Secret Santa or pixie gift-giving, usually a price range is given to follow. Be open about communicating what your budget is as early as possible to help set this range. You can also look out for discounts and holiday sales that can help to cut costs. Homemade gifts are also appreciated when done with real thought. Baking sweet treats that you can share among the group can also be a good way to break the ice among unfamiliar faces.
– Be a gracious guest: Be respectful of the space you’re in and try not to make a mess. How would you feel if someone trashed your place? Try not to be unnecessarily wasteful and show that you appreciate the host’s efforts. Offering help where you can when it’s time to serve the meals or clear up are nice gestures as well.
– Stay Where The Party’s At: Usually, there will be designated spaces to party, mingle and have a good time. Respect any private rooms or sectioned off areas. How would you feel if at the end of the party you found “unexpected gifts” such as candy wrappers, trash and crumbs all over your bed?
– Know Your Limits: What’s a Christmas party without sorrel and fruit cake with a “tups” of rum. It’s easy to get carried away with all the holiday cheer and chow, but it’s still good to know your limits. No one wants to wake up known as “Rowdy Ronda” – with tons of embarrassing photos and videos circulating online that you don’t even remember because you drank too much.
– Know Your Crowd: Let’s face it, most of us all like to get a little loud and excited every now and again. If you’re with your close friends and family, let loose and go wild! If it’s a more formal gathering at work, church or even with a more unfamiliar crowd, it might be best to tame the raving merrymaker and become the polite socialite.
These are our top tips for being a great guest. Do you have others? Share them with us!